Meet the President

The Honorable Jerry Louis Maygarden, M.A., D.H.L., is a business leader with a long and distinguished career in public service. His professional life includes leadership roles in small business development, state and local government, healthcare and education.
Interim President Jerry Maygarden
For many years, Jerry served as senior vice president and chief development officer for Baptist regional medical services, and he was president of the Baptist Health Care Foundation. Jerry is a former city councilman and mayor of Pensacola who also served as a state legislator and majority leader in the Florida House of Representatives. Late in his career, Jerry shunned retirement to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Pensacola Chamber and executive director of the Pensacola Chamber Foundation.

He received undergraduate degrees from Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. He also holds a master’s degree in Communication Arts from UWF. He completed professional development programs in public policy and church administration conducted by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In 2014, Jerry was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters by the faculty and trustees of the University of West Florida.

Jerry is a life-long parishioner and servant-leader in the United Methodist Church. He is a founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, and a 33° Scottish Rite Mason. He is also a former member of the United States Mobile Riverine Forces and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.

Jerry and his wife, the former Rhonda Fosha, have two children: Louis “Trip” Maygarden, Esq. (Adrienne) and Morgan Maygarden Gleason (LCDR Tim). They also enjoy the company of their granddaughters, Emma Grace and Addie Mae Gleason. The Maygardens reside in the Historic District of Downtown Pensacola.


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